Overlanding can be defined by comparing it to other types of vehicle-based travels, like off-roading or road tripping. The essence of off-roading is to tackle difficult trails with heavily modified vehicles. However, when overlanding, while some of the journey may be through tough, not easily navigable places, the goal is not to complete a difficult rocky or muddy section, but to visit places and meet new people while doing it. You might say then that it is just another word for road-tripping. Well, a road trip has a destination, while overlanding’s main purpose is the travel itself.
The word “overlanding” originates from Australia, where it was used to describe traveling long distances in the outback in the 19th century. With vehicle-based travel spreading across the Globe, there were adventurers in the early 20th century who set challenges for themselves. Like George A Wyman, who crossed the United States from New York to San Fransisco on a motorized bicycle. Many great adventures were organized after World War II.
Overlanding is a very sociable way of adventure that can involve a group of friends, family, and you can also bring your pet!
If someone wants to start doing this type of adventure travel, several questions cross their mind. What are the minimum requirements in terms of skills and gear?
These are complex questions and the answer depends on the circumstances, plans and budget.”